The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion is an oil-free emulsion containing a retinoid ester called Granactive Retinoid in addition to pure encapsulated retinol.

Granactive Retinoid is a complex consisting of 10% solubilized Hydroxypinacolone Retinoate (HPR), which is a retinoic acid ester, and 90% dimethyl isosorbide, which is a solvent. This means that the 2% complex = 1.8% dimethyl isosorbide + 0.2% HPR.

Granactive Retinoid is supposed to provide similar benefits as retinol, retinyl palmitate, and most other non-prescription retinoids but with less irritation. It’s bio-available without needing to be converted to retinoic acid, unlike retinol, which requires two conversions to be available in the skin, and loses strength with each conversion.

Per the manufacturer, Granactive Retinoid is one of the most bio-available, non-prescription forms of Vitamin-A. It helps decrease the effects of skin damage from UV rays and clear acne-related skin symptoms.

HPR has also been shown to increase collagen levels, similar to other retinoids.

Although the percentage is not disclosed, this creamy hydrating emulsion from The Ordinary also contains pure retinol, which comes in a sustained-delivery protective capsule system for improved effectiveness.

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